Book: The Butchers Blessing


Shortlisted for the RSL Ondaatje PrizeSet in the gothic wilds of Ireland, The Butchers' Blessing is a haunting and unforgettable thriller brimming with secrecy, tradition, and superstition.

  • Author : Ruth Gilligan
  • Publisher : Tin House Books
  • Release : 10 November 2020
  • Category: Fiction
  • Pages :
  • ISBN 13 : 1947793780

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Every year, Úna prepares for her father to leave her. He will wave goodbye early one morning, then disappear with seven other men to traverse the Irish countryside. Together, these men form The Butchers, a group that roams from farm to farm, enacting ancient methods of cattle slaughter. The Butchers' Blessing moves between the events of 19996 and the present, offering a simmering glimpse into the modern tensions that surround these eight fabled men. For Úna, being a Butcher's daughter means a life of tangled ambition and incredible loneliness. For her mother Grá, it's a life of faith and longing, of performing a promise that she may or may not be able to keep. For non-believer Fionn, The Butchers represent a dated and complicated reality, though for his son Davey, they represent an entirely new world--and potentially new love. For photographer Ronan, The Butchers are ideal subjects: representatives of an older, more folkloric Ireland whose survival is now being tested. As he moves through the countryside, Ronan captures this world image by image--a lake, a cottage, and his most striking photo: a single butcher, hung upside-down in a pose of unspeakable violence.

Book: The Butchers Blessing


Winner of the 2021 RSL Ondaatje Prize Set in the gothic wilds of Ireland, The Butchers’ Blessing is a haunting and unforgettable thriller brimming with secrecy, tradition, and superstition.

  • Author : Ruth Gilligan
  • Publisher : Tin House Books
  • Release : 10 November 2020
  • Category: Fiction
  • Pages : 312
  • ISBN 13 : 9781947793880

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"A seamless literary thriller. Absolutely riveting." —Colum McCann Set in the gothic wilds of Ireland, The Butchers’ Blessing is a haunting and unforgettable thriller brimming with secrecy, tradition, and superstition. Every year, Úna prepares for her father to leave her. He will wave goodbye early one morning, then disappear with seven other men to traverse the Irish countryside. Together, these men form the Butchers, a group that roams from farm to farm, enacting ancient methods of cattle slaughter. The Butchers’ Blessing moves between the events of 1996 and the present, offering a simmering glimpse into the modern tensions that surround these eight fabled men. For Úna, being a Butcher’s daughter means a life of tangled ambition and incredible loneliness. For her mother, Grá, it’s a life of faith and longing, of performing a promise that she may or may not be able to keep. For nonbeliever Fionn, the Butchers represent a dated and complicated reality, though for his son, Davey, they represent an entirely new world—and potentially new love. For photographer Ronan, the Butchers are ideal subjects: representatives of an older, more folkloric Ireland whose survival is now being tested. As he moves through the countryside, Ronan captures this world image by image—a lake, a cottage, and his most striking photo: a man, hung upside down in a pose of unspeakable violence. Thrilling, dark, and richly atmospheric, The Butchers’ Blessing is an engrossing incantation—mesmerizing in both language and story—conjuring a family and a country on the edge of irrevocable change.

Book: The Butchers


Winner of the Ondaatje Prize for 2021. The first novel truly to capture the story of Ireland during the BSE crisis, shown through the small, deeply intimate stories of four people caught up in its churn.

  • Author : Ruth Gilligan
  • Publisher :
  • Release : 01 April 2021
  • Category: Ireland
  • Pages : 304
  • ISBN 13 : 1786499460

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Score: 5
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Winner of the Ondaatje Prize for 2021. The first novel truly to capture the story of Ireland during the BSE crisis, shown through the small, deeply intimate stories of four people caught up in its churn.

Book: Nine Folds Make a Paper Swan


In 1958, a mute Jewish boy locked away in a mental institution outside of Dublin forms an unlikely friendship with a man consumed by the story of the love he lost nearly two decades earlier.

  • Author : Ruth Gilligan
  • Publisher : Tin House Books
  • Release : 24 January 2017
  • Category: Fiction
  • Pages : 400
  • ISBN 13 : 9781941040508

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Score: 3.5
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Three intertwining voices span the twentieth century to tell the unknown story of the Jews in Ireland. A heartbreaking portrait of what it means to belong, and how storytelling can redeem us all. At the start of the twentieth century, a young girl and her family emigrate from Lithuania in search of a better life in America, only to land on the Emerald Isle instead. In 1958, a mute Jewish boy locked away in a mental institution outside of Dublin forms an unlikely friendship with a man consumed by the story of the love he lost nearly two decades earlier. And in present-day London, an Irish journalist is forced to confront her conflicting notions of identity and family when her Jewish boyfriend asks her to make a true leap of faith. These three arcs, which span generations and intertwine in revelatory ways, come together to tell the haunting story of Ireland’s all-but-forgotten Jewish community. Ruth Gilligan’s beautiful and heartbreaking Nine Folds Make a Paper Swan explores the question of just how far we will go to understand who we really are, and to feel at home in the world.

Book: Stowaway


A fictionalized journal relates the experiences of a young stowaway from 1768 to 1771 aboard the Endeavor which sailed around the world under Captain James Cook.

  • Author : Karen Hesse
  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Release : 01 November 2000
  • Category: Juvenile Fiction
  • Pages : 319
  • ISBN 13 : 9780689839870

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Score: 3.5
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Stowaway Book Summary :

A fictionalized journal relates the experiences of a young stowaway from 1768 to 1771 aboard the Endeavor which sailed around the world under Captain James Cook.

Book: Blood Rites


In this novel in the #1 New York Times bestselling Dresden Files, Chicago's only professional wizard takes on a case for a vampire and becomes the prime suspect in a series of ghastly murders.

  • Author : Jim Butcher
  • Publisher : Penguin
  • Release : 03 August 2004
  • Category: Fiction
  • Pages : 464
  • ISBN 13 : 9781101146668

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Score: 4
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Blood Rites Book Summary :

In this novel in the #1 New York Times bestselling Dresden Files, Chicago's only professional wizard takes on a case for a vampire and becomes the prime suspect in a series of ghastly murders. Harry Dresden has had worse assignments than going undercover on the set of an adult film. Like fleeing a burning building full of enraged demon-monkeys, for instance. Or going toe-to-leaf with a walking plant monster. Still, there’s something more troubling than usual about his newest case. The film’s producer believes he’s the target of a sinister curse—but it’s the women around him who are dying, in increasingly spectacular ways. Harry’s doubly frustrated because he only got involved with this bizarre mystery as a favor to Thomas—his flirtatious, self-absorbed vampire acquaintance of dubious integrity. Thomas has a personal stake in the case Harry can’t quite figure out, until his investigation leads him straight to the vampire’s oversexed, bite-happy family. Now, Harry’s about to discover that Thomas’ family tree has been hiding a shocking secret: a revelation that will change Harry’s life forever.

Book: The Hiding Place


Mercy and Elvis are back in The Hiding Place, the most enthralling entry yet in USA Today bestselling Paula Munier's award-winning Mercy Carr mystery series.

  • Author : Paula Munier
  • Publisher : Minotaur Books
  • Release : 30 March 2021
  • Category: Fiction
  • Pages : 336
  • ISBN 13 : 9781250153081

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Score: 5
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Mercy and Elvis are back in The Hiding Place, the most enthralling entry yet in USA Today bestselling Paula Munier's award-winning Mercy Carr mystery series. When the man who killed her grandfather breaks out of prison and comes after her grandmother, Mercy must unearth the long-buried scandals that threaten to tear her family apart. And she may have to do it without her beloved canine partner Elvis, if his former handler has his way.... Some people take their secrets with them to the grave. Others leave them behind on their deathbeds, riddles for the survivors to solve. When her late grandfather’s dying deputy calls Mercy to his side, she and Elvis inherit the cold case that haunted him—and may have killed him. But finding Beth Kilgore 20 years after she disappeared is more than a lost cause. It’s a Pandora’s box releasing a rain of evil on the very people Mercy and Elvis hold most dear. The timing couldn’t be worse when the man who murdered her grandfather escapes from prison and a fellow Army vet turns up claiming that Elvis is his dog, not hers. With her grandmother Patience gone missing, and Elvis’s future uncertain, Mercy faces the prospect of losing her most treasured allies, the only ones she believes truly love and understand her. She needs help, and that means forgiving Vermont Game Warden Troy Warner long enough to enlist his aid. With time running out for Patience, Mercy and Elvis must team up with Troy and his search-and-rescue dog Susie Bear to unravel the secrets of the past and save her grandmother—before it’s too late. Once again, Paula Munier crafts a terrific mystery thriller filled with intrigue, action, resilient characters, the mountains of Vermont, and two amazing dogs.

Book: Man of Blessing


Man of Blessing answers these questions: - What is in St. Benedict's Rule? (A brief chapter-by-chapter summary of the rule of St. Benedict is presented.) - Why did Pope Benedict XVI choose the name "Benedict"?

  • Author : Carmen Acevedo Butcher
  • Publisher : Paraclete Press (MA)
  • Release : 01 March 2012
  • Category: Biography & Autobiography
  • Pages : 182
  • ISBN 13 : 1612611621

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Saint Benedict's life is shrouded in mystery. Disturbed by the immorality of urban life in Rome around AD 500, he left the city to become a hermit. Disciples later joined him, and within a few decades the hermit became an abbot, and his great rule has guided Western monasticism ever since. Known to history primarily through Gregory the Great's Dialogues, written a century after Benedict's death, this great medieval figure is now made known to us by Carmen Avecedo Butcher. She explores all aspects of his unusual life, illuminating important episodes in the foundation of Western monasticism at the end of the Roman empire and the beginning of the Middle Ages.

Book: Forget


In the worst times you find out who your friends are

  • Author : Ruth Gilligan
  • Publisher :
  • Release : 01 February 2007
  • Category: Fatherless families
  • Pages : 343
  • ISBN 13 : 0340923849

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Pretty and popular, Eva Coonan has everything to look forward to--that is until her dad dies suddenly and her whole world falls apart. Just as Eva starts to wonder if she will every feel normal again, Killian--the good-looking rugby winger--catches her eye. But she soon realizes that all is not what it seems and that the only person she can really talk to is Zac, who somehow always seems to know the right thing to say. But cute, scruffy, guitar-mad Zac has his own problems. Not only has he to deal with being "the new guy" at school, but his father is a total bully and he is fast running out of ways to protect his mother. As things heat up, choices have to be made. Eva learns that the right thing to do can often be the hardest--and that true love will always wait.

Book: Cleaving


Julie Powell thought cooking her way through Julia Child's Mastering the Art of French Cooking was the craziest thing she'd ever do -- until she embarked on the voyage recounted in her memoir, Cleaving.

  • Author : Julie Powell
  • Publisher : Little, Brown
  • Release : 01 December 2009
  • Category: Biography & Autobiography
  • Pages : 336
  • ISBN 13 : 9780316054485

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Score: 2
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Cleaving Book Summary :

Julie Powell thought cooking her way through Julia Child's Mastering the Art of French Cooking was the craziest thing she'd ever do -- until she embarked on the voyage recounted in her memoir, Cleaving. Her marriage challenged by an insane, irresistible love affair, Julie decides to leave town and immerse herself in a new obsession: butchery. She finds her way to Fleischer's, a butcher shop where she buries herself in the details of food. She learns how to break down a side of beef and French a rack of ribs -- tough physical work that only sometimes distracts her from thoughts of afternoon trysts. The camaraderie at Fleischer's leads Julie to search out fellow butchers around the world -- from South America to Europe to Africa. At the end of her odyssey, she has learned a new art and perhaps even mastered her unruly heart.

Book: Even


Former undercover officer for the Royal Naval Intelligence Division, David Trevellyan tries to clear his name after he is accused of murdering a homeless man in New York City, and begins to realizes he is in the middle of an international ...

  • Author : Andrew Grant
  • Publisher : Macmillan
  • Release : 12 May 2009
  • Category: Fiction
  • Pages : 341
  • ISBN 13 : 9780312540265

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Score: 3
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Former undercover officer for the Royal Naval Intelligence Division, David Trevellyan tries to clear his name after he is accused of murdering a homeless man in New York City, and begins to realizes he is in the middle of an international conspiracy.